Sometimes the New York Times is oblivious and yesterday was one of them. In an article titled Lighting a Room, Simplified the author wrote about the importance of lighting in the home. In preparing the article, she spoke to and quoted four interior designers, one fixture manufacturers and one professional lighting designer. In addition, all eight of the photos in the article are taken during the day, so they're nice illustrations of the use of windows and daylight in residential interiors but terrible illustrations of electric lighting, which is the topic of the article. They seem to be marketing photos for particular lighting fixtures, not examples of good lighting.
For many years the IES Ready Reference was on the desk of every lighting designer, and we were all baffled when they stopped publishing it. Great news, it's back! This time as an app for your phone or tablet that's available in the Apple App Store and Google Play. According to the IES, the app provides:
- Core lighting knowledge, including values from illuminance tables
- General knowledge information, assembled from The Lighting Handbook, 10th Edition and IES standards
- Simple calculators for quick and easy basic lighting and energy and economic calculations
- A search feature allowing you to find the information you want